Uggg, I am a complete idiot. Please know that my stupidity comes from a place of good….from the love for my dog and my family. The main reason I run trails once a week is for Pancake. Watching her run off leash for about 6-7 miles in pure nirvana is really incredible. I also don’t want my selfish running to impact my family, so I run pre-dawn. This means the trail run is in the dark using a headlamp…which has worked most of the time. A couple of weeks ago I took a hard fall and landed on my hip and didn’t make it out there for a couple weeks. Mark and I tried again today…and I’ve run my last trail run. Another fall for me, and I am now done. It’s just too hard on me if I go down while I’m running out there.
Yesterday was a nice day with an easy, easy 12 miler. I ended it feeling like I hadn’t run at all and felt confident for my marathon. Then I had a much needed massage in the late afternoon, and we went to dinner with some friends, so it was a rare night out. Got up early to hit the trail and all was fine for almost the entire run. About a mile and a half before the end I stubbed my big toe hard on just a little stump sticking up…but it brought me down. The fall part wasn’t too bad…the toe jamming against the stump was. I have no give at all in my big toes since they have arthritis. For a while it really, and I mean really hurt. I freaked (and am still freaking out). I have a bruised toe, but my joint is so stiff now it has no bend. I’ve been icing it and taking ibuprofen today, but I am concerned about the marathon. One positive thing is it has felt better as the day has gone on….not worse, so I have my fingers crossed I just wake up tomorrow a little sore with a purple toe, and not limping!
Lesson learned! Sure it’s not something serious, but I may have ruined my marathon next weekend by doing something stupid. I knew my big toes cannot withstand jamming into something, and that is a big risk if you run rocky trails. I promise to never run trails again unless it is a gravel hike and bike. Can I somehow sign my name in blood online? Poor Pancake will need to find another way to running happiness…because two big falls in a row is my limit. Not only is my toe sore, but the impact and tensing up when I hit the ground has me sore. I completely undid the great massage I had yesterday…now I feel like a ball of knots.
The pictures are from the marathon course. Jasper and I scouted it out yesterday. I WAS excited then after seeing it, but now just worried I won’t get to run.